May 23, 2017
By Bao Ong | September 1, 2015 | Food & Drink
How can guests score a seat at Prune this month, and what should you order at newly-opened eatery Petite Cocotte? That and more in this week's dining news....
Chef and owner Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune.
A table at Prune isn’t easy to land—forget it on weekends when no reservations are taken for the popular brunch. But chef and owner Gabrielle Hamilton, who stars in The Mind of a Chef on PBS, is offering a so-called “secret table” for guests with an Amex Gold Card. Every night throughout September at 6:30 and 8 p.m., Hamilton will designate a table as a Gold Table for Two, which includes not only a coveted reservation but a special off-the-menu item on the house, too. 54 E. First St., 212-677-6221
Petite Cocotte, which opened last week, is a perfect fit for SoHo with its simple-but-chic décor and Instagram-worthy food. The menu here specializes in a mix of southwestern French and Spanish tapas with dishes like rib-eye carpaccio and mini burgers with bacon and Basque cheese in between a focaccia bun. The eatery is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 110 Thompson St., 212-965-9101
The Feast of San Gennaro Festival is an iconic event, but if you can’t make it during its two-week run in late September or simply want to avoid the crowds, head to Abboccato Italian Kitchen for Italian classics from baked ziti to cannoli from chef David Arias. The resto offers a menu of the favorites you’d find at the street fair all month long. 136 W. 55th St., 212-265-4000
Voilà Chocolat is now serving adult beverages with its chocolates, and, to celebrate the occasion, guests can come any time in September and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with their chocolate-making class. So whether you’re designing artisanal chocolate truffles or creating a flight of desserts for a date night, enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne. From 6-9 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays. 221 W. 79th St., 212-920-8799
Head over to Chomp Chomp for a Singaporean-style clambake with copious amounts of Tiger Beer on September 6 starting at 5:30 p.m. Other popular Singaporean street food dishes like hah zheung gai (the addictive crispy fried chicken wings marinated in a shrimp paste) and goreng pisang (fried banana fritters served with vanilla ice cream) will also be available. $50 per person. 7 Cornelia St., 212-929-2888
Even if you don’t leave the city for Labor Day, you’ll feel as if you’ve gone away as soon as you step into the Rainbow Room on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center. To make it even better, the legendary space will host Brian Newman for five shows starting Sept. 4 with a program full of jazz tunes. Newman, who is Lady Gaga’s jazz bandleader, will perform at 8:30 p.m. until midnight while guests indulge in the decadent prix-fixe fall menu by Jonathan Wright. $145 from 6-7 p.m. and $196 between 8-10 p.m. 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-632-5000
Check out the happy hour offerings at Haru’s Manhattan locations with its new cocktail offerings and menu items. The energetic vibe of this popular mini-chain of sushi restaurants is a great spot to order Saketinis or Japanese beers to pair with your skewers of flash-fried shrimp, steamed pork belly buns, wasabi fritters, and more. Happy hour is available Monday through Saturday from 3-7 p.m.
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF DEREK EDWARD PFOHL